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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The NSIDC DAAC Project Lead supports the NASA Snow and Ice Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC) at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) and is a member of the NSIDC DAAC management team. The Project Lead supports the NSIDC DAAC mission to preserve NASA Earth science data and make it discoverable, accessible, and usable.

As one of 12 DAACs within the NASA Earth Observing System Data Information System (EOSDIS), NSIDC DAAC applications are closely integrated with EOSDIS enterprise services and technologies. The Project Lead plans organizes, and oversees projects using interdisciplinary teams to establish and evolve DAAC and EOSDIS software and web applications. 

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado at Boulder, serves as a national information and referral center in support of snow and ice research. NSIDC is the authoritative data management and science center for cryospheric data and research. We advance understanding of Earth’s frozen regions and the changes taking place to inform decision making in service to humanity and Earth.

At CIRES, the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, more than 800 environmental scientists work to understand the dynamic Earth system, including people’s relationship with the planet. Our vision is to be instrumental in ensuring a sustainable future environment by advancing scientific and societal understanding of the Earth system.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Lead interdisciplinary project teams, which may include software development, web development, data operations, data and user support, technical writing, user experience, Earth science expertise, and other specialized skills.
  • Manage the full project life cycle including requirements gathering, creation of project plans and schedules, obtaining and managing resources, and facilitating project execution, deployment, and closure.
  • Work with partners, subject matter experts, and DAAC Managers to collect, organize and prioritize project goals and requirements and develop project plans and backlogs based on this information.
  • Communicate project status DAAC management, NASA ESDIS management, and other customers through various channels including written updates or reports and presentations at meetings.
  • Identify, communicate and manage project issues and risks, proposing and making adjustments to plans and schedules as needed.
  • Coordinate with NSIDC Service Group managers and other Project Leads to align schedules, surface and manage dependencies, and balance resources, as needed.
  • Act as Product Owner for resulting software applications, developing product evolution roadmaps, and planning for on-going support and maintenance.
  • Maintain awareness of DAAC and EOSDIS technologies and applications in order to find opportunities for collaboration and reuse.

What You Should Know

  • Please note that while the position details both required skills as well as desired skills and experience, we want applicants to be aware that they do not need to have all of the desired skills and experience to be considered for this position. If you have a Bachelor’s degree, transferable experience, and passion for the work, you are encouraged to apply. We encourage on‐the‐job training for any additional skills or knowledge that become relevant to the position.
  • Due to NASA funding restrictions, candidates who have paid or unpaid appointments or positions with Chinese Government organizations, Chinese Government controlled organizations, Chinese-owned companies, or any company incorporated under the laws of the People’s Republic of China are ineligible for hire.
  • This is an on-site position with the option for a hybrid work modality. CIRES and NSIDC are currently supporting a higher degree of work location flexibility due to COVID-19 circumstances.
  • For questions about the job, please contact Kate Heightley, hiring supervisor, at For questions about the application process, please contact J. Reeves at
  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment. 

What We Can Offer

  • CIRES can offer a generous compensation package. Salary is commensurate with education and experience and determined based on our CIRES internal career track classification.
  • The annual hiring salary range for this position is $76,500 - $100,000.
  • Relocation funds are available for this position following CIRES and the University of Colorado’s relocation processes and procedures.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in an Earth science or engineering field, is required for this role.
  • We require a minimum of three years of project management experience.
  • Formal project management training is required.

What You Will Need

  • Experience managing and coordinating multiple projects.
  • Ability to lead a diverse team to develop and implement project plans to achieve the organization’s goals.
  • Experience leading and collaborating with and within interdisciplinary teams.
  • Experience using project planning and management tools such as JIRA, Trello, or similar.
  • Ability to succeed in a dynamic and evolving environment.
  • Ability to work effectively with minimal supervision.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Training and/or working knowledge of Agile Scrum and Scaled Agile Framework (SAfe).
  • Product Owner and/or Scrum Master certification.
  • Experience with open source and cloud-based solutions.
  • Experience developing applications for Earth science or geospatial data.
  • Experience working on federally funded projects or contracts.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume or CV
  2. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
  3. List of contact information for 3 references who will be willing to offer a professional reference or write a confidential Letter of Recommendation for you.

If you are selected as the finalist, we will contact you through email and request that you submit 1 name and email of a reference who will be asked to submit a letter of recommendation (can be one of the 3 noted above). This information will be kept confidential and viewable only the search committee.

If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Position will remain posted until filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: J. Reeves

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